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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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Hours

General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Library Archives
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays by Appointment

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October History & Appreciation of Antiques
Tuesdays & Thursdays
General Crook House Museum

The History and Appreciation of Antiques class is a beloved program of DCHS. Lead by our curator, Pat Pixley, this class meets in the mornings and afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays to study material culture and its impact on society through the lens of a weekly topic. The morning class meets from 9:30 a.m. - Noon, and the afternoon class meets from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

This month's lessons, listed in order by week, will focus on the following: Oct. 4 & 6 - English Cut Glass
Oct. 11 & 13 - Wedgwood
Oct. 18 - Field Trip, Oct. 20 - No Class
Oct. 25 & 27 - Etruscan Jewelry

Anyone is welcome to attend these entertaining and informative courses. Courses are $10/class for DCHS members and $15 for non-members. A discount is applied if paying for four classes at once, $29 for DCHS members or $40 for non-members.

October 1
General Crook House Closed

Private Event

October 9
Tombstone Tour
1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Featured Cemeteries:
Prospect Hill, Forest Lawn, Woodlawn-Hillcrest

Your tour guide will regale you with cryptic commentary, you'll toast in honor of citizens passed, and you'll receive a booklet on cemetery history.

Tour Timeline
1:30 p.m. - Check in at General Crook House Museum
2:00 p.m. - Motor coaches depart for tour
Sharp departure
5:30 p.m. - Return to Crook House
Food, refreshments and more following the tour!

Tickets are $50 for DCHS members and $55 for non-members. To reserve your spot please call 402-455-9990 or email Events@DouglasCoHistory.org to make your reservation.

October 16
Tombstone Tour
1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Featured Cemeteries:
Laurel Hill, St. John's, Holy Sepulchre

The rows of tombstones that line our local cemeteries list the names of Omaha's permanent residents. Come learn their stories and gain a glimpse into their lives.

Your tour guide will regale you with cryptic commentary, you'll toast in honor of citizens passed, and you'll receive a booklet on cemetery history.

Tour Timeline
1:30 p.m. - Check in at General Crook House Museum
2:00 p.m. - Motor coaches depart for tour
Sharp departure
5:30 p.m. - Return to Crook House
Food, refreshments and more following the tour!

Tickets are $50 for DCHS members and $55 for non-members. To reserve your spot please call 402-455-9990 or email Events@DouglasCoHistory.org to make your reservation.

October 26
Reader's Circle: Scoreless by John Dechant
Noon

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors or historically related stories from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on October 26 at noon at the General Crook House Museum.

This month's book will be Scoreless by John Dechant. In October 1960, Omaha Central and Creighton Prep met for what many Nebraskans consider the greatest high school football game ever played. Future NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers scored seventy points while leading Central’s powerful offense through its first four games. Prep’s strong defense, on the other hand, allowed only twenty points all season. Legendary coaches patrolled both sidelines, and Prep was aiming for its third straight state championship. The stage was set for a Friday-night showdown.

Scoreless retells the details of this legendary game, the buildup to it, and the story behind the teams and their renowned coaches and players. It is the tale of one of the most remarkable football games in Nebraska high school sports history.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email Members@DouglasCoHistory.org. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.